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Robotics 2017, 6(4), 22; doi:10.3390/robotics6040022

Resilient Robots: Concept, Review, and Future Directions

Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9, Canada
School of Mechatronics and Automation, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9, Canada
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Received: 12 August 2017 / Revised: 17 September 2017 / Accepted: 18 September 2017 / Published: 25 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Robust and Resilient Robots)
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This paper reviews recent developments in the emerging field of resilient robots and the related robots that share common concerns with them, such as self-reconfigurable robots. This paper addresses the identity of the resilient robots by distinguishing the concept of resilience from other similar concepts and summarizes the strategies used by robots to recover their original function. By illustrating some issues of current resilient robots in the design of control systems, physical architecture modules, and physical connection systems, this paper shows several of the possible solutions to facilitate the development of the new and improved robots with higher resilience. The conclusion outlines several directions for the future of this field. View Full-Text
Keywords: resilient robot; self-recovery; self-reconfigurable robot; connection system resilient robot; self-recovery; self-reconfigurable robot; connection system

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Zhang, T.; Zhang, W.; Gupta, M.M. Resilient Robots: Concept, Review, and Future Directions. Robotics 2017, 6, 22.

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